An APOEL fan has lost his eye after being struck in the face by a stray rock whilst on his way to the GSP Stadium to watch his side play AEL in Tuesday’s big football match.
According to the official website of the APOEL’s supporters group, the 27-year-old had been an innocent bystander who was walking towards the stadium along with his father when he was struck by a rock that had been thrown.
Police arrested around ten people after scuffles broke out between fans of both clubs before yesterday’s game on the nearby Nicosia-Limassol motorway. Witnesses said that fans of both clubs began hurling things at each other while fans and police officers were also treated for injuries. The rioting also brought traffic on the motorway to a complete standstill.
Although no incidents were recorded during the game, the police were criticised by both club officials for not taking the necessary preventative measures to ensure fans were kept apart. Police spokesman Andreas Angelides later hit back at the criticism saying the fights had been premeditated.
“This new tragedy must concern everyone because we are once again seeing the police shift away blame and the boards of the clubs blame the issue on insufficient policing”, read an announcement by the APOEL supporters group. “APOEL will stand by the side of our fan who was injured.”